Do moisturizers and perfume have expiration dates?

United States
January 30, 2008 10:21am CST
I was at my parents' house the other day and noticed some very old tubes of hand cream and bottles of perfume in the bathroom. Do these things expire? If they do, what about them is bad after they expire? I couldn't find any dates on anything. I looked on my stuff at home and most of it doesn't have a date. The ones that do have dates don't say 'sell by' or 'use by.'
4 responses
@gradyslady (4056)
• United States
30 Jan 08
My grandmother does the same thing, I don't know if they actually have expiration dates, but after a while, they stop smelling, or get very runny. So it would be up to you if you throw it out, I would if it's been there for like 10 years and it seems all runny, or doesn't have the consistency it's supposed to have.
• United States
30 Jan 08
I've never kept anything that long- I usually use things up pretty quickly, but I've seen things like that. I've also seen a foundation that was completely dried up.
@elisa126 (166)
• United States
4 Feb 08
foundations should be thrown away within a year,yes they will dry out, lol
@Madona1 (2097)
• Gibraltar
6 Feb 08
Hello there, it is a very good question as there are not many people raise the similar questions. Personally I have been told they do have the expiration dates as they are also made of sort of chemical substances. Therefore, even though there are no expiries date indicated on the bottle, normally it valid 2 years since the day people purchased. Obviously, many moisturizers and perfume have been in the shop for quite a long time before they were sold. If this is the case, consumers can check the production date for references. Normally, it is wise not to use them after they are morn than 2 years old after the production date.
@suprema (331)
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
I'm not sure if perfumes have expiration dates, but after a long time they could some of their fragrance and they'll be like clear odorless liquids (my mother has lots of those in her perfume bottle collection). As for moisturizers, they get bad after some time. They can get sour and discolored and if you use them they'll make you itchy and may cause irritation.
@elisa126 (166)
• United States
4 Feb 08
ok perfumes dont expire,but lotions can smell very nasty after many years,I have perfumes that are over 20 yrs old and there still good, :)